Palisades Lakes


Day Hike - Palisades Lakes (Mount Rainier)

Experience the alpine beauty of Mt. Rainier National Park on one of its most scenic trails, passing picturesque Sunrise and Clover Lakes and secluded Tom, Dick and Harry Lakes enroute to our lunch stop at Upper Palisades Lake.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 7.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,700 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 6,100 ft
  • Pace: 2.0 mph

Meet at 8 AM at the Enumclaw Safeway, 

We will caravan from the Enumclaw Safeway to the trailhead, via SR 410 and the White River Road,  stopping at the White River entrance gate to Mt. Rainier National Park to show one National Park Pass for each car.  Then we will park at the parking lot near the entrance gate to use the restrooms there, before continuing to the trailhead at Sunrise Point.

The trail follows an undulating route through scenic alpine terrain and passing ic Sunrise,  Clover, Tom, Dick and Harry Lakes before arriving at our lunch stop and turnaround point, Upper Palisades Lake.

On the drive home, we customarily have an optional ice cream stop at Wapiti Woolies in Greenwater.  

Restrooms are available at the Enumclaw Safeway, the White River entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park and at Wapiti  Woolies.  There are no restroom facilities at the trailhead or on the hike.  Intermittent forested areas along the trail provide opportunities for bathroom break party separations.




Palisades Lakes

  • Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270

    USGS Mt Rainier East

    Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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